NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books

The National Science Teachers Association has announced their 2013 list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12.  Lists like these become all the more important for school and public librarians thanks to the new common core standards that emphasize reading more nonfiction books.  Here are their top picks for books published in 2012:


ABC ZooBorns! by Andrew Bleiman and Chris Eastland

About Habitats: Oceans by Cathryn Sill, illustrated by John Sill


Alex the Parrot: No Ordinary Bird by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Meilo So

Alien Deep: Mysterious Underwater World Revealed! by Bradley Hague

Animal Grossapedia by Melissa Stewart


Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World by Tracey Fern, illustrated by Boris Kulikov

The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins


Birds of a Feather by Bernadette Gervais and Francesco Pittau

Black Gold: The Story of Oil in Our Lives by Albert Marrin

Body Actions by Shelley Rotner, illustrated by David A. White


Bomb: The Race to Build – and Steal – the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins by HP Newquist

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer


Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery in Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns

D Is for Desert: A World Deserts Alphabet by Barbara Gowan


Desert Baths by Darcy Pattison

Dolphin Baby! by Nicola Davies

Eight Days Gone by Linda McReynolds, illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke


Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

Faces from the Past: Forgotten People of North America by James M. Deem

Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death by Elizabeth A. Murray


Frogs! by Laurence Pringle

Get the Scoop on Animal Poop! by Dawn Cusick


Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster by Mary M. Cerullo

Gopher to the Rescue! A Volcano Recovery Story by Terry Catasus

Hiss-s-s-s! by Eric A. Kimmel


I, Galileo by Bonnie Christensen

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank

Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin


Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons

Leopard and Silkie: One Boy’s Quest to Save the Seal Pups by Brenda Peterson, photographs by Robin Lindsey

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola


The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose


My First Day by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Nature’s Patchwork Quilt: Understanding Habitats by Mary Miche, illustrated by Consie Powell


Nic Bishop Snakes by Nic Bishop

One White Dolphin by Gill Lewis


Open Wide! A Look inside Animal Mouths by Catherine Ham

Out of This World: Poems and Facts about Space by Amy E. Sklansky, illustrated by Stacey Schuett


The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth by Anita Silvey

The Polar Bear Scientists by Peter Lourie


Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World by Laurie Lawlor

Saving Animals from Oil Spills by Stephen Person

Saving Yasha: The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear by Lia Kvatum, photographs by Liya Pokrovskaya


Scholastic Discover More: The Elements by Dan Green

Seababy by Ellen Levine


Seahorses by Jennifer Keats Curtis

Seymour Simon’s Extreme Earth Records by Seymour Simon


Sneed B. Collard III’s Most Fun Book Ever about Lizards by Sneed B. Collard III

Super Nature


Survival at 120 Above by Debbie S. Miller, illustrated by Jon Van Zyle

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery


Track That Scat! by Lisa Morlock

Waiting for Ice by Sandra Markle

A Warmer World: From Polar Bears to Butterflies, How Climate Change Affects Wildlife by Caroline Arnold, illustrated by Jamie Hogan


What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

Wild Horse Scientists by Kay Frydenborg